Special measures to extend the valid period of the COE due to the effect of COVID-19

(As of March 10th, 2020)

Due to the effect of COVID-19, the Immigration Bureau of Japan has decided the special measures regarding the expiry date of issued Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

Generally, the COE is valid for 3 months after the date of expiry.
Under this special measures, the duration of valid period will be extended from 3 months to 6 months.

Please note that you will need to attach a document issued by your visa sponsor (employer or organization/entity/person inviting you to Japan) explaining that you will engage in the same activity as submitted at the COE application in case you apply for entry visa with the COE at the Japan Embassy or Consulate-General more than 3 months have passed after the date of issue of the COE.

Website of the Ministry of Justice:
>> 新型コロナウイルス感染症に関する影響に伴う在留資格認定証明書の有効期間について (PDF)
** We will update this if the Immigration Office provides the English version of this notice.

Further new information will be provided by the Ministry of Justice. Unfortunately, however, mostly announced in Japanese only:
>> Website of the Ministry of Justice: 新型コロナウイルス感染症に関する情報


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